My newest series is in progress – and I have to say- I think it is one of my favorites!
These works are exploring a new subject for me but continuing on my exploration of cloudscapes.
This series of cloudscapes is a continuation on from my most recent work, which referenced the sky in abstract variations of color and texture. This series aims to create a gateway of space for the viewer to travel into a surreal world of clouds and sky through a shaped canvas called a Tondo.
The Tondo is an Italian word for a circular painting or relief. This style was popular during the Renaissance, but can be found in art history since antiquity. In the renaissance, the Tondo portrayed a window into a three dimensional space. Often it was used to depict mythological, classical or literary themes. Today, the term shaped canvas is particularly associated with certain works created mostly in New York after about 1960, during a period when a great variety and quantity of such works were produced.
Artists such as Frank Stella, Damien Hirst, and Tomokazu Matsuyama have used this unique shape to depict the object-like nature of art.
The challenge with this shape of canvas is that it has no axial orientation, leaving the artist to be in a constant state of shifting and changing its position. The Tondo shape is the perfect shape with a link to art history as well as recognition for the minimalist painters in the 1960s whose work has influenced so much of today’s contemporary art world.
This body of work aims to challenge the conventional rectangular shape of landscapes today, and entangle realism and surrealism. Through referencing artists such as JMW Turner, I aim to look for the awe in the weather patterns of the sky, and expectations of change in the clouds. By referencing artists such as Helen Frankenthaler, and Frank Stella, I shift the focus from capturing the realistic aspect of the cloudscape to one of layers of abstraction and nuance.